Introducing the city

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About Corfu

Around 60 nautical miles east of southern Italy lies Corfu, a hugely popular Greek island adorned with gorgeous scenery, history ridden towns and the infamous party village of Kavos.

According to myth, Poseidon (god of the sea) kidnapped and fell in love with the Nymph Korkira and brought her to Corfu (we're guessing she fell in love with the island rather than him). The second largest of the Ionian Islands, located off the west coast of mainland Greece, Corfu is a character fuelled gem attracting sun seeking holidaymakers from across the globe.

With a Mediterranean climate, a picturesque coastline and strikingly lush vegetation, Corfu is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Yet culture-laden Corfu Town, adorned with old Venetian buildings, charming tavernas and secluded cafes plus the vibrant and crazy party town of Kavos in the south, means there's more to this island than its scenic landscape. Venture to Halikounas Beach, pick up some bargains at Spianada central square or hike Mount Pantokrator for a spectacular viewpoint. Just beware of bringing your partner here - it might steal their heart.

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When Should You Visit?

If you want to avoid the summer holidays crowds, September and October can provide a sun soaked post summer break with temperatures reaching over 20 degrees Celsius; the sea's warmer than springtime too.

Experiencing a mild Mediterranean climate, Corfu is a popular choice of destination for sun seeking beach-goers. July and August are the hottest months of the year which can see average highs reach well over 30 degrees Celsius. In contrast, January is the coldest month averaging a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn can also see some very warm weather, particularly in the months of May, September and October. Winter sees the most rain; November is the wettest month of the year.

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Travioor top tips

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The Real Corfu

Insider Info

  • The best way to get around is to hire a car and explore the island at your free will. You can pick it up and drop it off at the airport and it only takes around two hours to get from one end of the island to the other.

  • If you’re on a budget and love a party vibe, The Pink Palace is one of Europe’s most well-known lively hostels on the island.

  • Although you should take time to visit historic Corfu Town, many of its streets are riddled with tourists and full of shops with unauthentic Greek souvenirs. For a taste of the ‘real’ Corfu, head up the Spianada towards the Campielo district.

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Food and drink

Main Course £10.55 | 12.00 €

3-Course Meal £26.37 | 30.00 €

Cappuccino £2.56 | 2.92 €

Beer £3.52 | 4.00 €

The Scene

Greek cuisine is renowned throughout Europe but many Corfu locals say the island's dishes differ from traditional Greek fare. The island’s history has everything to do with the cuisine, with Venetian influence apparent in some of the island’s specialities like sofrito (sliced veal cooked with vinegar, garlic and parsley), bourdeto (a peppery fish stew) and pastitsada (a pasta and meat dish). Most meals contain locally sourced fresh ingredients with olives, lemons, tomatoes and seafood featuring in many popular dishes; the meat of choice is lamb.

Expect to see many locals and some tourists drinking ouzo and retsina (a white wine flavoured with pine resin). For the liveliest town on the island, head for Kavos, known to the young party crowd all over the continent.

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History

Corfu’s Story

The Phoenicians were the first known inhabitants of Corfu which became a significant commercial centre in the Ionian Sea and was, in later years, invaded by Spartans, Illyrians and the Romans. In early medieval times, the island was continuously attacked by Barbarians, Goths and Saracens which saw many towers and strongholds erected to protect the inhabitants. Shortly after, the Venetians ruled Corfu for some four centuries (from 1386) producing many monuments and constructions across the island.

By 1797, Corfu was part of the French State but this was short lived when two years later they lost power before regaining it in 1807. After this, the island enjoyed many agricultural and social improvements, with a number of schools built and public services put into place. The British gained control in 1815 and more improvements were to come with new roads, a better water supply system and the first Greek university. This period also saw Greek become the official language of Corfu. During the 20th century, Corfu suffered as a consequence of the two world wars, with many of the island’s main attractions destroyed. Luckily, most were later restored.

Language

Yasu | Hello
Efharistó | Thank you

Greek

The official language in Corfu is Greek. Most people speak English, especially in the main towns; even in smaller villages, many people can understand some phrases. Greeks are very proud of their language and it’s amazing how much difference it can make when you take the time to learn some simple phrases, some of which we’ve listed below:

  • Please: Parakaló
  • Excuse me: Signomi
  • Do you speak English?: Miláte angliká?

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Need to know

+30 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Always check the price of a taxi ride before getting in a cab.
  • Local buses are a cheap way to get around.
  • Tipping is not expected although most people leave a small tip of between 5-10% if service is good.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Greece here.

 

 

 

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Travioor Recommends

1. Corfu Town

Explore the cobblestone streets and historic attractions of Corfu Town featuring the Old Fortress and ancient Venetian buildings.

2. Beaches

Snorkel, relax and enjoy some watersports at Corfu’s beaches; we love small-but-perfectly formed Marathiá beach.

3. Party in Kavos

Ignite your wild side in the island’s party town of Kavos, where the clubs only heat up after 11pm.

4. Mount Pantokrator

Hike Mount Pantokrator for breathtaking views or take on the challenge of the Corfu Trail which stretches 120 miles.

5. Island Cuisine

Wine and dine in the island’s local tavernas and delicious restaurants; sofrito (veal) is a menu staple.


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